‘There was no way we could stay in the country’ – New Zealand chief David White

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‘There was no way we could stay in the country’ – New Zealand chief David White

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“The advice changed, the threat level changed and, as a consequence, we took the only responsible course of action possible.”

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said that given the advice they had received, “there was no way” the New Zealand team could have stayed on in Pakistan. NZC had made the decision to abandon the tour of Pakistan – which comprised three ODIs and five T20Is – minutes before the first match on Friday in Rawalpindi citing security concerns.

New Zealand’s touring party have now reached Dubai, after leaving Islamabad on a charter flight on Saturday. The contingent of 34 players and support staff will undergo a 24-hour period of self-isolation in their Dubai hotel. Of this group, 24 will return to New Zealand over the next week, as flights and MIQ (Managed Isolation Quarantine) rooms in New Zealand become available. The rest of the touring party will remain in the UAE and link up with New Zealand’s T20 World Cup squad, ahead of that tournament which is set to begin on October 17.

“We appreciate this has been a terribly difficult time for the PCB and wish to pass on our sincere thanks to chief executive Wasim Khan and his team for their professionalism and care,” White said in a statement.

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